UPDATED, March 29: In the lowest turnout for a town election in years, 9.1 percent, all incumbents for main town offices won reelection on Saturday, March 28.
For Board of Assessors, Kevin P. Feeley (1,544) easily topped Stephen T. Harrington (844) for the three-year seat, according to unofficial returns with 21 of 21 precincts reporting.
Turnouts in annual town elections, 2000-2015
Sources: Town annual reports, town website
|Year||No. voting||Registered voters||Percent turnout|
Average over 16 years
For School Committee, Cindy Starks (1,693) and Jeffrey D. Thielman (1,564) won reelection over 20-year-old college student Alexis G. Moisand (986).
At right, Jeff Thielman, Joe Curro and Cindy Starks celebrate on election night.
For the Board of Selectmen, Joseph A. Curro Jr. (1,907) and Steven M. Byrne (1,807) were unopposed.
In a ballot question, voters also supported adding five all-alcohol licenses, from 15 to 20. The tally was 1,957 yes and 539 no.
Among Town Meeting members, one incumbent, Maria Romano, in Precinct 7, was not returned to office. A staunch opponent of the Mass. Ave. Corridor project, she had lost four tries to become a selectman.
In Precinct 2, despite not having attended Town Meeting since 2010, William A Carey Jr. retained his seat, with 73 votes.
In Precinct 3, Town Meeting member James Robillard did not make the cut.
In Precinct 4, voters did not return Michael Costa, but Patricia Costa was reelected. The Costas were included in a January YourArlington story about meeting attendance.
Unnoposed candidates Robert Greeley received 1,850 votes for a one-year seat on the Board of Assessors, and Joseph Daly got 1,838 votes for a five-year seat on the Housing Authority.
All candidates for key town or school offices have been asked to comment about the election results, or any issue.
School Committee winner Starks wrote March 29: "Thanks to the 2,000 or so who came out to vote! I look forward to serving another three years on the Arlington School Committee and three years on Town Meeting."
YourArlington -- which has published online, unscientific polls since 2006 --asked residents how they expected to vote in the March 28 town election on the ballot question asking whether they favor adding five all-alcoholic beverage licenses, from 15 to 20.
According to unofficial figures, voters favored the measure, 1,957 to 539, or 78 percent to 22 percent.
In an online poll conducted from 6:30 a.m. Monday, March 9, to 9 p.m. Friday, March 27, resulted in these responses:
Yes (94 votes or 87.04%)
No (12 votes or 11.11%)
I won't vote. (1 vote or 0.93%)
I don't care. (1 vote / 0.93%)
See selectmen on cable | Supporting agenda documents (click items tab next to meeting date)
The Board of Selectmen planned to meet Monday, March 30, at 7:15 p.m. in the Selectmen's Chambers, second floor, Town Hall. Agenda*:
1. Organizational Meeting for the Purpose of Electing a Chairman and a Vice Chairman
Marie A. Krepelka, Board Administrator
2. Farmers' Market 2015
Patsy Kraemer, Market Manager
UPDATED, March 27: Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine told selectmen at their March 23 meeting that work on the Mass. Ave. Corridor project is to resume the week of March 30. He said work will initially involve sidewalks on the north side, as contractors move toward Capitol Square.
He said a public meeting about the project will be held in early May.
Word on the Street : Mass. Ave. at heart of master plan
A town update March 26 says, in part, that "work for the first several months of construction will be similar to operations last summer and fall focusing on sidewalks, utilities and traffic signals. Milling and paving operations on Massachusetts Avenue are not expected to begin until later this summer.
"During the week of March 30, saw cutting along the north (left side when facing toward Cambridge) side of Mass. Ave. will begin where it left off at the beginning of last winter. Likewise, survey work will take place to allow for repainting of markings to direct further saw-cutting, curb-line relocations, and utility pole relocations.
"Beginning during this week, utility pole relocations by Eversource (formerly NStar) may get underway and continue through the three weeks covered by this look ahead. Weather permitting, sidewalk excavations, curb shiftin, and paving will start again in the area of Grafton Street/Mass. Ave. and progress toward Alewife Brook Parkway. Work by a utility crew will also take place to repair preexisting faults in the storm drainage lines under Mass. Ave.
Officials object; land trust expresses disappointment
UPDATED, March 26: The long-dormant Mugar site along Route 2, once considered for a Star Market, and since 2000 protected by Town Meeting votes, is awakening from slumber.
Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine told selectmen Monday, March 23, that Oaktree Development of Cambridge plans 219 units on seven of its 17 acres with conservation protection for the rest of the tract.
The 40b project would have to be considered by the town's zoning Board of Appeals, not the Redevelopment Board.
Chapdelaine said he expressed "serious concerns" about flooding in a meeting with Oaktree representatives, as did Planning Director Carol Kowalski, contacted the next day.
The president of the Arlington Land Trust, a group that had negotiated unsuccessfully with the Mugar family to protect the land for conservation, expressed disappointment.
Gwendolen G. Noyes, an Oaktree founder and senior vice president of marketing, said March 24 that before the company presents plans, its civil engineer is working on water issues. Knowing the "history and acrimony" over the site, she noted three primary benefits of the company's plan:
Service Tuesday at DeVito-O'Connell
UPDATED, March 27: William M. Dotson, at left, a 91-year-old pedestrian, was struck and killed by a vehicle on Mass. Ave. in East Arlington Monday, March 23, various local media sources have reported.
Globe, March 25: Neighbors mourn kind soul
Word on the Street, March 25: Avenue claims another life
This was the second death of a pedestrian on Mass. Ave. since Dec. 19, 2013, when a North Cambridge woman was struck in the crosswalk near Sabatino's and died the next day.
Just before 11 a.m., Arlington police responded to the report of a pedestrian stuck by a motor vehicle at 164 Mass. Ave. near Milton Street. Chief Frederick Ryan said the victim appears to have been walking in a crosswalk when he was struck. The pedestrian was taken to Mass. General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
He was struck by a 2000 Honda Civic driven by a 60-year-old Woburn woman, who police have not charhed and have declined to identify.
CSV tops The Fam in annual 'fun-raiser'
Town Hall was a hive of activity Sunday, March 22, as hundreds of spectators swarmed in to cheer on 25 teams at Arlington Education Foundation’s annual trivia bee. More than 16 local businesses showed their support for public education in Arlington by sponsoring the event and donating a total of $6,900.
Victory was sweet for Team CSC, at left, a group of friends (Dana Simon, Marylou Carr and David Cleary) who won in a sudden-death pesticide round against The Fam (family members Rebecca Steinitz, Mara Steinitz and Sam Putnam).
The winning question? "What country won the gold medal in both men’s and women’s hockey at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi?"
Team CSC answered correctly, with Canada, and flew home with the coveted trivia bee crown.
Many teams donned creative hats and costumes. Thompson School’s team Green with Envy won the award for best costume with team members Jason Loeb, Eric Eddy and Peter Thompson clothed in bright green Spandex shirts and head coverings representing their school’s environmental stewardship culture.
In addition to testing their trivia knowledge, teams also had to prove their engineering know-how.